This spray is absolutely brilliant in the heat. It is literally air conditioning in a bottle. Before you go cracking jokes about how Canadians don’t know anything about heat, let me say that it was 40°C (104°F) the day I made and tested this spray, and while that isn’t exactly melt-the-soles-of-your-shoes kind of hot, most people would agree that it isn’t exactly parka weather.

How to make Air Conditioning in a Bottle

One of my first memories of Australia was that moment when I first stepped out of the air conditioned airport. It was February, towards the end of their summer, and it was 37°C (99°F). I remember this because the air was the same temperature as my skin, and it was utterly divine. I don’t know if I’d ever been that warm before. It was love at first breeze.

How to make Air Conditioning in a Bottle

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Despite my love of warm weather that has made more than one person wonder if I have a thyroid disorder, I realize not everyone shares my love of ambient and body temperature being one and the same. So, I made this spray. It’s pretty brilliant, and really is like air conditioning in a bottle. When I first gave it a try I spritzed my entire body with it before putting on my pyjamas. My bedroom was approximately 35°C (95°F) at the time, and I found myself covered in goosebumps, shivering under my down duvet. So, yeah—this stuff works!

All the essential oils!

All the essential oils!

Heat Wave Peppermint Spray (Air Conditioning in a Bottle)

10g | 0.35oz peppermint essential oil
10g | 0.35oz menthol essential oil or menthol crystals

To emulsify
Equal volume of solubilizer/Polysorbate 20
or
1/4 tsp guar gum + 1 tsp Turkey red oil (also known as sulfated castor oil)

200mL | 6.76 fl oz aloe vera juice (not gel!) or water

250mL | 8 fl oz spray bottle

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

If you are using menthol essential oil
Ensure the bottle of menthol essential oil is sealed and place it in a hot water bath to melt, as menthol essential oil is solid at room temperature. Once the menthol has melted, weigh the essential oils out into an empty 250mL/1 cup spray bottle, and top off with an equal amount of solubilizer or the Turkey Red Oil/guar gum. Swirl to combine. Add a small amount of aloe vera juice, seal the bottle, and shake gently to combine. Add the rest of the aloe vera juice and your preservative, seal, and shake gently to combine.

If you are using menthol crystals
Measure the menthol crystals, peppermint essential oil, and the liquid part of your emulsifier (either the solubilizer or the Turkey Red Oil [no guar gum, yet, though]) out into a glass jar and seal it, leaving the menthol crystals to dissolve. The reason we’re doing this in glass instead of plastic is so the essential oils don’t eat through the plastic while we wait for the menthol to dissolve (this has happened to me in the past with pure essential oils!). Once the menthol crystals have dissolved (this will take about half an hour), transfer the minty mixture to a 250mL/1 cup spray bottle. Add the guar gum (if you’re using Turkey Red oil—no need if you’re using solubilizer) and a small amount of aloe vera juice, seal the bottle, and shake gently to combine. Add the rest of the aloe vera juice and your preservative, seal, and shake gently to combine.

To use, spritz on bare skin. If you cover your torso and your limbs, you will likely end up with goosebumps! I find this keeps me quite cool/cold for upwards of 20 minutes.

If you don’t want to use the solubilizer you can leave it out and just shake thoroughly before each use. That means the mixture will not emulsify at all and you’ll likely have troubles getting it to spritz evenly.

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